Gilmore hopes to win triple crown
STEPHANIE is one “Happy” Gilmore entering the final event of the 2010 ASP Women’s World Tour today, the O’Neill Women’s World Cup of Surfing.
With a fourth consecutive ASP Women’s World Championship under her belt and firmly in the driver’s seat to collect her third straight Vans Triple Crown, the Kingscliff carver said she’s never been so relaxed on Hawaiian shores.
After sealing her fourth world title at the previous event in Puerto Rico, Gilmore admitted to feeling less pressure this Hawaiian season.
And it’s proven a welcome addition to her North Shore campaign, with the 22-year-old unstoppable at the opening event of three-leg ASP Specialty Series, the Cholo’s Women’s Hawaiian Pro, at Haleiwa last week.
“I’m definitely a bit more relaxed going in to the Hawaiian events this year,” she said.
“I’ve never been in this position before where I can just show up in Hawaii and not have to compete for a world title – it’s rad!
“I’m really relaxed and I feel like it’s paying off in my heats. I feel in rhythm.
“I’ve got a long way to go before I win the triple crown, but it’s rad
“It’s the next best thing to the world title, but I’m looking forward to just trying my best and hopefully winning.”
However, standing in the way of Gilmore’s quest for a third triple crown is world No.8 Coco Ho.
The 19-year-old has been a consistent performer in 2010 and will no doubt relish the fact she is able to complete the season at home in Hawaii.
Ho said she will draw upon her lifetime of experience at Sunset Beach as she battles the world’s best surfers all eager to capture the prestigious crown.
“I’m super psyched to have the triple crown and be at home,” she said.
“It’s amazing to go from event to event and then have three events right by my house to finish the year.
“I’m probably one of the luckier girls.
“Growing up there (Sunset Beach), I’ve seen all types of conditions and know what to expect.
“It’d be nice to have a good result to finish and really good to get a result at home. I’m not putting a lot of pressure on myself, but I am hoping to do well.”